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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No one can be trusted. Greed rules everything. Governments would sooner kill innocent people than give up on enormous profits.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a mostly ordinary guy and a problem-solver, though he sometimes takes deceptive and/or dangerous methods to achieve his goals. Characters are shown training for diving.
Violence & Scariness
Tense situations. An underwater accident results in a death. Fighting. A man has a seizure. Car chase and crash. Head wound. Dead bodies. Pressure chamber torture. Explosion. Men sexually harass a woman, showing her their penises (off screen).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One naked male butt. Brief innuendo. A happy couple kisses.
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"F--k" and "s--t" used several times. Also "motherf----r," "goddamn," "son of a bitch."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pioneer is a paranoid conspiracy thriller from Norway, spoken in English and Norwegian with English subtitles. Strong language (mostly in English) includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t"; there's also some in the subtitles. Violence includes chases, fights, dead bodies, and some blood. There are tense situations involving underwater accidents and pressure chambers (including some torture), as well as some sexual innuendo and brief scenes of sexual harassment as men expose their penises to women (but only a naked male butt is shown on screen). The Norwegian director also made the original version of Insomnia, which was remade by Christopher Nolan, so older teen cinema buffs may be interested in this. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Helmed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, the director of the original Insomnia (1997), which was remade by Christopher Nolan in 2002, PIONEER is a serviceable, enjoyable thriller. It attempts to capture the feel of a 1970s-era paranoid conspiracy movie, and it succeeds in tone, even if the plot isn't quite so air-tight. Petter takes illogical risks in some cases, and in others simply overlooks logic. And some of the plot turns feel stale.
Although Pioneer isn't exactly the kind of movie that keeps viewers guessing and on the edge of their seat, Hennie is an appealing lead -- an antidote to handsome-but-dull action heroes -- and the rest of the cast is likewise appealing, including Americans Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Wes Bentley (who provides most of the filthiest language). And Skjoldbjaerg's sultry, gritty atmosphere helps smooth over some of the flaws.
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